Editor’s Note: What makes something go viral on the internet? I don’t really know, but Bob is hoping his campaign will go viral, because otherwise, he doesn’t have a chance against Pinky.
We’re waiting…*tappity tappity tap*
Things have been very busy over at the Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire, these days. We are starting the production process for Book 6 of The Panda Chronicles (yay! Huzzah!!!!), still trying to get my campaign video done, getting ready for a gathering of Pandanistas at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo on September 26th (9:30 AM at the main gate of the Zoo on Phinney Ave, if you are in the vicinity) Rumor has it there will be Panda Chronicle books available for purchase, or if you already have them, I’ll be thrilled to sign them! Look for people who look like they would be wearing panda hats.
I’m also over-the-moon thrilled to announce that I will be part of an SCBWImentorship program (on the receiving end, not the mentoring end) to work on the Inspector Panda story that appeared here last year. My plan is to turn it into a middle grade graphic novel (with pandas) and start shopping it around to publishers and agents after I am done revising it. Stay tuned for news about this project.
The Cuppycake Cookbook project is still alive and well, and making the rounds of agents. We hope we will have news about this project soon, but we don’t know when. Keep your spoons and frosting ready.
Be the Bear (and keep an eye out for Pinky….I heard a rumor she has escaped her grounding and is now at large.)
Bob T. Panda
I am writing in protest of your recent cartoon. (Pandas mourn death of Maurice Sendak) It is my feeling that you are exploiting the death of noted children’s book author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak, for the express purpose of allowing the panda kindergarten to run amok.
As a member of SCCWI (Society of Cartoon Cats of Whidbey Island) I must also take exception to the cavalier treatment of your feline characters.
Furthermore, I do NOT believe that “rumpus” is a verb. This is a blatant example of the verbification of nouns, and will not be tolerated. I am considering suspending my subscription to your publication.
I have to admit, I had thought that Maurice Sendak was gone years ago. Maybe because his books were among my favorites as a young cubbie. His quirky and dark sense of humor continues to be an inspiration to me with my own work. Imagine my surprise to find that he was still alive, at least until this past Tuesday. I have to admit, that the idea of honoring him with a wild rumpus was not my original idea. On Tuesday night there was a meeting of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) in Seattle. So, thanks for the idea. I do believe I was the first to have the panda kindergarten rumpus in his honor.